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  • Hi,

    thanks for your explanation of what Process does. Though I got an impression when you discussed it on #pita, but I didn't grok the level of abstraction. As always, your ability to design sane systems impresses me. :)

    As for processors aren't getting faster: There'll be another bump in single thread performance when 65nm and 45nm processes get out of the door. 130->90->65nm transition is showing that there are other factors beside feature size that limit the frequency scaling, but the new process shrink will make a difference nonetheless. Beyond 45nm, however, there's currently no manufacturing concept that is confirmed to work. If I recall correctly, the chip manufacturers expect something beyond 45nm to be availlable (to them!) in 2008 or so. That's probably not going to happen. So not only can we expect that processors will work more parallel on-chip, but somewhat soon, there'll be a pretty hard physics-related barrier to frequency scaling as well as on-chip parallelism.